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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2004. This is your chance to be heard! Voting closes on February 3rd.

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View Poll Results: Distribution of the Year
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 23 0.99%
Fedora 350 15.09%
Mandrakelinux 235 10.13%
Slackware 449 19.36%
Suse 235 10.13%
Debian 250 10.78%
Knoppix 43 1.85%
Gentoo 314 13.54%
DamnSmallLinux 7 0.30%
MEPIS 96 4.14%
LFS 13 0.56%
Ubuntu 176 7.59%
Yoper 32 1.38%
Xandros 27 1.16%
Linspire 17 0.73%
Arch 26 1.12%
Conectiva 7 0.30%
Amigo 2 0.09%
CentOS 3 0.13%
PClinuxOS 14 0.60%
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Old 01-17-2005, 05:28 PM   #331
patman362
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Yoper all the way
 
Old 01-17-2005, 05:43 PM   #332
davecs
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Well I voted ages ago for Mandrake. Why? Because I felt that it is a good starting point for those new to Linux. A few days later I discovered PClinuxOS, and I must admit, I think that Mandrake has been trumped there. A live-cd (try before you commit to hard drive). Possibly the easiest installation of all, good intial choice of software, well-optimised to run reasonably quickly, and once installed uses synaptic to add/remove/update (even though RPM based).

Even so, that is because I am thinking of the question "What distro would I recommend to a new user?".

For me personally, after playing with PCLOS for a week or so, I think that Gentoo is better. More than anything, it really gives you time to build up a system that suits you. But for a pre-built general i586 system, PCLOS is almost as quick. That says a lot about Texstar, the main author of PCLOS.

So I didn't vote for my personal favourite, I voted for an OS I could recommend to someone else!
 
Old 01-17-2005, 08:01 PM   #333
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After 4 years on Redhat/Fedora, getting an RHCE, running a fedora apt repository, and doing professional Linux development in a Redhat enviroment... I switched over to Suse. Should have done it MUCH sooner. Yast is just amazing, stuff just works out of the box (something that has NEVER been true of fedora), and the application list is just amazing. All that and I can still use apt-4-rpm (apt is great but why does debian still use that darn dkpg package format?)

Suse gets my vote.

Bobby
 
Old 01-17-2005, 09:12 PM   #334
Sinbad Masry
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Slackware is the best
 
Old 01-17-2005, 10:21 PM   #335
dalek
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Quote:
Originally posted by davecs


Even so, that is because I am thinking of the question "What distro would I recommend to a new user?".

Mandrake would definately be a good one for a beginner. It could be done with some others but it would be harder.

Later

 
Old 01-18-2005, 12:07 AM   #336
BittaBrotha
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Ubuntu
 
Old 01-18-2005, 12:46 AM   #337
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I quite agree that mandrake should be for beginner ,we should even past it in www.linux.com that if you want to see what linux about try mandrake first .So ppl can came and check what is linux all about ,they might get an idea or two.Like bootsplash ,transparent console ,virtual desktop and other eye candy such as superkaramba.Althought I haven't use mandrake for a long time I think mandrake is the only distro that have everything pre-build .I use slackware now ,I compile my own kernel ,install bootsplash by hand and configure lm_sensors from source codes
My point is that in slackware it took me about 2 ot 3 hours (if I had time) to do all that and in mandrake ,it just like in window .But in mandrake I could'nt even install pyqt .That the reason I try other linux distro because I couldn't install Slick-bar in mandrake .In slackware unlike in mandrake ,every program complie as long as it came with source codes.But slackware might be a bit hard for ppl who don't like computer programming.In mandrake they(ppl who don't like programming) might not need to complie everything .So I think that mandrake should be for office people and other ppl who are not interested in computer science.Once I almost convented a hardcore window user to change into linux by giving him mandrake ISO CD .He give it a try for a week and then when he saw my slackware box he try to install slackware by himself but when he couldn't configure it he just went back to window.He would have change into linux but when his mandrake box couldn't configure the way my slackware box did,he gave up ,I guess!!
Any way ,The OS of the year award should be divided into many catrgery because
mandrake would be best for beginner ,slackware for programmer ,gentoo for advance programmer(with a lot of time in their hand(like science project) and debian for server .
Don't you agree on that
 
Old 01-18-2005, 07:29 AM   #338
qwijibow
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I think it would be great if Gentoo forked, Gentoo expert (exactly as it i now) and gentoo newbie.

for example gentoo newbie would auto detect your processor, and use defaut optimisation. have a graphical installer which asked several questions like, do you have a printer, and then auto generated the USE flags variable.

have a stage-4 install which starts you off with KDEbase and KDEnetwork installed.

and have a newbie grahphical interface to portage emerge.
for example each ebuild would have a newbie description of what the package is, a sumary of what it can and cannot do, and maybe a few screen shopts.
and an estimated compile time based on /proc/cpuinfo's bogomips value.

Ok,, this forked gentoo would go againsed alot of gentoo' philisophy, but Portage Emerge is such an amasing system, the *user friendly* distro's are really missing out !
 
Old 01-18-2005, 09:33 AM   #339
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I can hardly wait for the results of this one, though! I don't think my choice Debian will win, though, going by all the responses.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 09:56 AM   #340
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I was a Mandrake user, then made the decision to go to Suse. At first I used Suse 9.1 personal, but found out that I was unable to switch window makers. Unfortunately, the only desktop I was able to use was KDE. So I decided to do a ftp install of Suse 9.2 professional. I think I have finally found the distro that I will be keeping permanently.

One major problem that I had with Mandrake was, it could never find the right driver for the monitor on my TP 600e. Suse found it right away.

Suse is a fantastic distro, there is an enormous amount of resources & software available. It has my vote for best distro!
 
Old 01-18-2005, 10:48 AM   #341
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Quote:
Originally posted by Harishankar
I can hardly wait for the results of this one, though! I don't think my choice Debian will win, though, going by all the responses.
Of course Debian won't win. It is great at just about everything, but specializes in nothing. Besides that, it has comparatively little direct commercial support. I'd be willing to bet that in the end, if we add up all the votes of "Debian and Debian-based distros", that would come in first place.

Honestly, I'm ok with that though. I think it's an honor to have a distro that is so well built, it must be considered a "Progenitor" distribution.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 10:52 AM   #342
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sepero
Of course Debian won't win. It is great at just about everything, but specializes in nothing. Besides that, it has comparatively little direct commercial support. I'd be willing to bet that in the end, if we add up all the votes of "Debian and Debian-based distros", that would come in first place.

Honestly, I'm ok with that though. I think it's an honor to have a distro that is so well built, it must be considered a "Progenitor" distribution.
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I agree, Debian and its progeny (no pun intended) or derivatives would take the lion's share of the votes; but what if we compared it to Redhat and all of its offshoots (like mandrake)? Might be close, no?? ;-)
 
Old 01-18-2005, 05:55 PM   #343
ivan.tg
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many distros come and go, slackware remains (and it's quite popular)... ever asked why?
 
Old 01-18-2005, 06:24 PM   #344
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Quote:
Originally posted by ivan.tg
ever asked why?
Not really. Basically, it's GNU/Linux for *BSD lovers. Slackware was my first distro, and I probably would have stayed with it, but unfortunately I don't have a weird fascination with compiling other peoples software.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 06:30 PM   #345
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Slackware 10

Slack 10 would take my vote. SMB fileserver, SSH server, and on the laptop. I don't need a cutting-edge kernel; 2.4.26 does all I need. Although I would like to give an honorable mention to SLAX (I use for emergencies to image a blown windoze partition when I work on them).
 
  


 


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